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ABRAHAMS, E.F.

Private
Holding Operational Commando
Private E.F. Abrahams, from Pennyfields, London E14, was a member of the original Commando Association.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legions List 3.
 

BAILEY, Arthur Charles

Gunner
14422036
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Artillery
Died in the UK

Gunner Arthur Bailey was found dead on Westhampnett Lane Chichester, a road leading to Goodwood.  Ambulance men at the scene found that he had fractured his skull and it was later ascertained that he had fallen from a lorry in which he was a passenger.

BARNES, C.

Colour Sergeant
Holding Operational Commando
Royal Marines
Served on the staff at the H.O.C. Wrexham as the Heavy Weapons Instructor for 'S' Troop.

Sources
Commando Association newsletter 42 issued 1966.
 

BEAUMONT, John, R.

Marine
PO/X 114468
47RM Commando
Royal Marines

Also served in the Holding Operational Commando and Commando Group Signals. Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Easton near Norwich.

Sources
Commando Association Losts Legions List 2.
List of RM Commandos provided by RY (former CA Sec and CBF).
 

BLAKE, Alfred Lapthorn

Lieutenant Colonel
2 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Royal Marines
Knight Commander Royal Victorian Order (KCVO)
Military Cross (MC)
Mentioned in Despatches
Major Alfred Blake was posted to Brigade HQ (3rd Special Service Brigade) when the Special Service Group was restructured in August 1943 [1]

BRYANT, P.R.

Private
Holding Operational Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Weymouth.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legions List 2.

BUCKLEY, D.

Private
Holding Operational Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Wavertree, Liverpool.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legions List 2.

BURGOINE, Walter Leonard

Known as: 
Len
Marine
CH.X.3767
30 Commando Assault Unit
Royal Marines
Post war member of the Commando Association from Maulden, Bedfordshire.
 
Source
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 95 (1992).
Records of deaths registered January 1991 in Bedfordshire.
 

BUTCHER, L.R.

Private
Holding Operational Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Hemel Hempstead.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legions List 2.

BYE, Francis Clifford Edward

Known as: 
Clifford, Cliff
Lieutenant Colonel
Holding Operational Commando
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Lieutenant Francis Clifford Edward Bye served in the Holding Operational Commando in April 1945 [1].
  • May 1966 to July 1967 Commanding Officer 45 Commando [2].
  • 1 January 1968 (Lieutenant Colonel) appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) [3].
Sources

CHAPMAN, D.T.

Lieutenant
Holding Operational Commando
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
April 1945 Holding Operational Commando. Post war member of the Commando Association from Airdrie. They record he also served 45RM Commando.
 
Sources
Navy Lists (Linked Content below).
Commando Association Lost Legions List 3.
 

CHARLTON, Thomas Albert

Private
Holding Operational Commando
George Medal (GM)

Private Thomas Albert Charlton served in the Holding Operational Commando (HOC).  Post war he served as a Lieutenant in the Federation of Malaya Police Force.  Police Lieutenant Charlton was awarded the George Medal on the 24th April 1951 for his gallantry whilst serving in the Malay Police.
 

CLINTON, A.E.

Lance Corporal
Holding Operational Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Erdington, Birmingham.

Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 3.

COGGS, J.H.

Private
Holding Operational Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Catford, London.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 3.

COOKE, A.L.

Corporal
Special Service Brigade
HQ Special Service Brigade. Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Taplow, Buckinghamshire.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 3.
Linked Content below.
 

COOPER, S.

Signalman
Holding Operational Commando
Royal Corps of Signals

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Stoke on Trent.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 3.

CORBYN, C.F.

Marine
Holding Operational Commando
Royal Marines

Brigade Signal Troop. Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Fulham, London.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 3.

COX, S.

Private
Holding Operational Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Liverpool.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 3.

CRANE, V.

Private
Holding Operational Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing South Croydon.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 3.

CROOKS, A.

Gunner
Holding Operational Commando
Royal Artillery

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Leigh, Lancashire.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 3.

CURNOW, M.

Gunner
Holding Operational Commando
Royal Artillery
Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Murton, Durham.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 4.
 

CURRAN, P.

Signalman
Holding Operational Commando
Royal Corps of Signals

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Galashiels.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 4.

DAKIN, T.W.

Signalman
Holding Operational Commando
Royal Corps of Signals

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Pontefract, Yorkshire.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 4.

DALY, Thomas

Known as: 
Tom
Thomas Daly 12 Commando
Sergeant
S/231037
No 12 Commando
Holding Operational Commando
Royal Army Service Corps

Thomas Daly served in No.12 Commando HQ from April 1941 and after No.12 was disbanded on the staff at the Holding Operational Commando until April 1946.
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DAVIES, D.

Private
Holding Operational Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Pontllanfraith near Newport.

Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 4.

DAVIES, J.B.

Gunner
Holding Operational Commando
Royal Artillery

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing London EC1.

Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 4.

DIAMOND, G.

Private
Holding Operational Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Bolton, Lancashire.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 4.

DICKSON, R.A.

Private
Holding Operational Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Hull, Yorkshire.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 4.

DIXON, G.L.

Trooper
Holding Operational Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Abbey Wood, London SE22.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 4.

DOBBIE, D.S.

Craftsman
Holding Operational Commando
Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Troon, Ayrshire.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 4.

DOGGETT, S.

Private
Holding Operational Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Binfield, Berkshire.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 4.

DOVEY, Albert Peter

Known as: 
Pete
Pete Dovey 1 Commando
Private
No 1 Commando
Holding Operational Commando
British Empire Medal (BEM)
5 Troop, No.1 Commando. Post war chairman of the Lincoln Branch of the Commando Association. In June 1986 he was awarded the British Empire Medal (Civil Division) for service to industry. Employed as a Chargehand, Sheet Metal Shop, Ruston Gas Turbines Ltd.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 4.

DUDGEON, A.B.

Marine
PLY/X113874
Holding Operational Commando
Royal Marines
Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Guthrie, by Forfar, Angus
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 4.
List of RM Commandos provided by RY (former CA Sec and CBF).
 

DUNN, R.J.

Private
Holding Operational Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Axminster, Devon.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 4.

EFFEMEY, E.A.

Corporal
Holding Operational Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Romsey, Hampshire.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 4.

ELLIS, James

Fusilier
Holding Operational Commando
Post war member of the Commando Association from Grantham, Lincs. 
 
Source
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 83 (1986).
 

FARRER, V.L.

Fusilier
Holding Operational Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Kentish Town, London.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 4.

FREEMAN, John Haughton

Major John Freeman SAUDF
Major
48RM Commando
South African United Defence Force
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Major John Freeman, S.A.U.D.F. was attached to 48RM Commando HQ during the Normany invasion [1]. He received a Mention in Despatches for good services while operating with the Army in NW Europe [2].
October 1944 Holding Operational Commando [3].
12 February 1946 apppointed M.B.E. (Military Division) [4].

GOLDSCHLAGER, Kurt Theodor

Served as : 
CLARKE, Kenneth Edward
Known as: 
Teddy
Kurt Goldschlager 10 Commando
Corporal
13801160
13118804
No 10 Commando
1 Special Service (Commando) Brigade
Pioneer Corps
Mentioned in Despatches
Kurt Theodor Goldschlager being of the Jewish Faith served under the alias of Kenneth Edward Clarke. Born in Vienna, Austria he was one of four brothers, Kurt, Erich, Paul, and Robert. Their father Julius was an architect, who died of natural causes in 1940, and their mother was Irene, nee Von Mangold, who was transported from Izbica, Poland, to Auschwitz and murdered there.

HANSEN, Thieda Donald

Lance Bombardier
842004
No 3 Commando
Royal Artillery
Post war member of the Commando Association from Colchester. 
 
Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 94 (1992).
Commando Association Lost Legions List 6.
RA Attestation Register 1934.
 
Notes

HARDACRE, C.

Private
Holding Operational Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Wakefield, Yorkshire.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legions List 6.

HARDMAN, A.F.

Private
Holding Operational Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Hall Green, Birmingham.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legions List 6.

HARRIS, J.T.W.

Gunner
Holding Operational Commando
Royal Artillery

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Yiewsley, Middlesex.

Sources
Commando Association Lost Legions List 6.

HATTON, R.

Trooper
Holding Operational Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Llanishen, Cardiff.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legions List 6.

HILL, Henry

Private
Holding Operational Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association from Warrington.

Sources
Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 120.

HOLMES, S.

Trooper
3247396
Holding Operational Commando
Royal Armoured Corps
Trooper Holmes was wounded 13 June 1944 during operations in North West Europe.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/77.
 

HUNT, C.H.

Private
Holding Operational Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Totton, Southampton.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legions List 6.

HURST, Arthur

Private
Commando Basic Training Centre
Holding Operational Commando
Post war member of the Commando Association from Leicester.
 
Sources
Commando Association newsletter 36 (1963).
 

JEWELL, W.A.

Sergeant
Holding Operational Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Billericay, Essex.

Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 7.

JONES, F.T.

Fusilier
Holding Operational Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Carshalton, Surrey.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 7.

JUDE, G.F.

Private
Holding Operational Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing West Croydon, Surrey.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 7.

KAYE, John

Sergeant
Commando Basic Training Centre
Holding Operational Commando
Post war member of the Commando Association from Wakefield.
 
Source
Commando Association newsletter 29 (1959).
 

KELLY, M.

Private
Holding Operational Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Kenilworth, Warwickshire.
 
Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 7.

KIRBY, R.H.W.

Major
45RM Commando
Royal Marines
1st October 1939 promoted Captain, Royal Marines.
October 1944 Acting Major, Second in Command, Holding Operational Commando.
27/28 January 1945 wounded Western Europe (Bell Isle).
 
Sources
London Gazette 34718, page 7178.
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LOWNDES, D.

Private
Holding Operational Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Leicester.

Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 8.

LUTTON, A.

Troop Sergeant Major
Holding Operational Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Worcester.

Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 8.

LYMAN, J.A.

Lance Corporal
Holding Operational Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing West Bromwich.

Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 8.

MAGENNIS, William

Known as: 
Bill
Fusilier
Commando Basic Training Centre
Holding Operational Commando
Fusilier Bill Magennis served in the Pipe Band at Achnacarry, and in the HOC. 
Extract from Commando Association newsletter 40 issued March 1965
Now Pipe Major of the lst Bn. Black Watch (R.H.R.) of Canada and stationed at Camp Gagetown, New Brunswick is ex Fus. Bill Magennis who served in the Commando Pipe Band at Achnacarry.
 

MCGONIGAL, Ambrose Joseph

Ambrose McGonigal MC
Lieutenant (later Honorary Major)
113419
No 12 Commando
SBS
Royal Ulster Rifles
Military Cross (MC)
Bar to the Military Cross
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Ambrose McGonigal was awarded the M.C. [1] for distinguished service during a raid on the enemy held island of Sark on the night of the 27th December 1943. This was a reconnaissance operation to obtain certain information and if possible capture a prisoner.

NEWTON, M.

Private
Holding Operational Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Ryton-on-Tyne, Co.Durham.

Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 9.

NICHOLL, J.E.

Private
Holding Operational Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Folkestone, Kent.

Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 9.

PAGE, G.

Private
Holding Operational Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Bradford, Yorkshire.

Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 9.

PARSONS, James, M.

Known as: 
Jim
-
Holding Operational Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association. Vice Chairman of their General Committee from 1997 to 1999, and Chairman 1999/2000.

Sources

Commando Association newsletters 104, 106, 108, 109, 110, 111.

PLEDGE, A.J.

Private
Holding Operational Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Ongar, Essex.

Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 9.

RAPER, S.

Private
Holding Operational Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Darlington, Co. Durham.

Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 9. 

REED, A.J.

Private
Holding Operational Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Barry, South Wales.

Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 9.

RUDLAND, J.

Private
Holding Operational Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire.

Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 10.

SCOTT, B.

Fusilier
Holding Operational Commando

Post war member of the Commando Association last known residing Poplar, London.

Sources
Commando Association Lost Legion List 10.

SILLITOE, Frederick Roy

Captain
42 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Frederick Sillitoe was serving at the RM Holding Commando in April 1945 [1].
  • 1956 (Captain) (42 Commando RM) Mentioned in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in operations at Suez between October and December [2].

SMILES, Thomas Browell

Lieutenant
Holding Operational Commando
Royal Marines
25 November 1944 Temporary Second Lieutenant, Royal Marines.
April 1945 Temporary Lieutenant, Holding Commando.
Post war member of the Commando Association from Newcastle on Tyne. They record he also served in 46RM and 47RM Commandos.

Sources
Navy Lists / Quarterly / July 1945.

SORRELL, G.K.

Private
Holding Operational Commando

Civil occupation: Machine Shop Engineer. Post war member of the Commando Association.

Sources

Commando Association newsletter 20 (1955).
Commando Association Lost Legion List 10.

STOCKLEY, Gordon Herbert

Lieutenant Colonel
44RM Commando
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Died in service
Lieutenant Colonel Gordon Stockley, former Commanding Officer of 44RM Commando, died in 1951 whilst serving at RMB Eastney.
  • October 1944 Acting Major, Holding Operational Commando
  • December 1944 Acting Lieutenant Colonel, Commanding Officer 44 RM Commando. 

TARRANT, George Francis

Private
14447495
Hampshire Regiment
Died in the UK

Private George Tarrant died in the UK.  His status at the Holding Operational Commando is not known. He is buried in a joint grave with Rfn. George William Tucker, aged 31, Royal Ulster Rifles.

[Source: CWGC Grave Registration report]

WILLIAMS, D.J

Lance Corporal
3910306
Holding Operational Commando
South Wales Borderers

Lance Corporal Williams was wounded on 9 August 1944 during operations in North West Europe. 

Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/80.
 

WOOLLEY, Arthur Rupert

Lieutenant Colonel
30 Commando Assault Unit
Royal Marines
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Arthur Woolley joined the Royal Marines on 1 December 1939 and after his basic training was posted to the 5th Batallion Royal Marines Brigade.
  • Promoted Temporary Captain April 1940, Acting Temporary Major November 1941, and Second in Command of 5RM in June 1942.

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